Management of ectopically erupted maxillary central incisor and Driftodontics in mandibular arch
Physiological drift is defined as the natural migration of a tooth into a space created by extraction, congenital absence, decay, or interproximal reduction without the application of any orthodontic force. Spontaneous decrowding of teeth by physiological drift has been called “driftodontics”. This case report describes a case of 16-year-old-boy with severe crowding in the mandibular arch and ectopic erupted permanent maxillary incisor that was resolved by physiological drift after premolar extractions in the mandibular arch and fixed mechanotherapy in the management of the ectopic eruption of the permanent maxillary central incisor.
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